Andy Rowan has served as Director of the New Jersey Office of GIS (OGIS) since 2005. OGIS is a unit within the state's Office of Information Technology, with the Director reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. Andy and his staff are responsible for overseeing the implementation of geospatial technologies across all state agencies, and also serve as the primary liaisons between the state and both local and federal agencies. In addition, OGIS operates the shared infrastructure that hosts web-based mapping applications and centralized GIS data stores for state agencies. OGIS takes a lead role in the development and stewardship of a number of framework data layers. Recent initiatives have included updating and improving municipal boundaries data, coordination of parcel data management with county and municipal governments, and development of a multi-agency project to create a comprehensive road centerline data set. Andy is also active in OIT's enterprise architecture initiatives.
Andy has over 20 years of experience in GIS, having worked in private consulting, university, and environmental nonprofit settings. He was program coordinator of the Rutgers University Professional Certificate Program in Geomatics when it was founded, and has continued to serve as an instructor for 12 years. Andy has a bachelor's degree in geology from Oberlin College, a master's in geology from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in environmental science from Rutgers.